Toc Sine – Drawings: Music defining the act of creation.

Despite what we think, the hurly-burly swirl that is our lives today is a choice. We talk about and act as though we are overwhelmed as life and the world come crashing in on us, but the truth is, we can turn off the internet, we can turn off our phone, we can pick up a book and we can sit and read for four hours straight if we wanted to.  Of course, the act of reading – and in this case, the act of truly listening – is a difficult thing to do. Its hard enough to do it occasionally  let alone devote one self to it over a long period of time. Art is a solitary practise performed over prolonged periods of time in a monastic environment. Some art forms reflect this powerfully.

The Sforza Monument

Toc Sine is a joining of the forces of Pascal Battus and Jean-Luc Guigonnet. It is a deeply meditative disc that comes with (as far as I can see) no explanatory notes, or detail in the blurb on the Cathnor website. The album title – Drawings –  and the track titles bear some clues, with titles like Plan for Casting the Sforza Monument, metronomic irregularity 2, Delocazione (roughly translated relocation) and Die. This is a disc that applies sound to the act of creation – that is the creation of a work of art rather than some vague spiritual sentimentality. The sounds are varied. They move from electrical improvisation to human sounds to tape being peeled off a roll, and other disembodied noise that becomes something other than the other it is when grouped into a certain kind of space. The sounds don’t languish, rather they float and tumble lightly over each other as they move in and out of conscious reference.  Sometimes they evoke an image, sometimes they evoke a live improve, always the evoke the moment the artist “finds” the work in amongst the jumble of creative impulse they have strung together using nothing but their faith to call forth the new work.

The ultimate act of freedom is the act of creation – to make gods of ourselves. Art will examine an unprecedented freedom and a kind of defensiveness over the banality of domestication and the futility of what we call control. Toc Sine, in its insistence on giving a sound to the moment of art, the movement of art offers a secular arena, a laic meditative space for the avid listener to examine the dangers and potency of human freedom and the associated acts of creativity, the direct action of that freedom. These talented artists have put a sound to the act of creation and it is up to the listener to bring that alive.

Toc Sine: Drawings is available here.